Feb 23, Jaffna: The High Commissioner of India, Ashok K. Kantha Saturday paid tribute to the IPKF Memorial located at Palaly in Sri Lanka's Northern Province city of Jaffna.
The High Commissioner accompanied by his wife Mrs. Sharmila Kantha is on a two-day visit to the Northern Province on February 23 and 24.
Upon his arrival in Jaffna Kantha placed a wreath at the IPKF Memorial in Palaly. Consul General of India in Jaffna V. Mahalingam and Defence Adviser at High Commission of India in Colombo Captain Sumeet Kapoor also laid wreaths.
Senior officers from the Sri Lankan Army also participated in the ceremony and Security Forces Commander, Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe also laid a wreath at the Memorial.
The IPKF Memorial at Palaly is in memory of the soldiers of the 10 Para Regiment of Indian Army who lost their lives during the IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) operation in Northern Province between 1987 and 1989. The Memorial consists of seven structures and has the names of 33 soldiers engraved.
Later the High Commissioner Kantha formally inaugurated the 'India Corner' at the Consulate General of India premises in Jaffna. Afterwards he symbolically gifted books, CDs and other school supplies to school children in 200 primary schools in the Province.
During his visit to the North, Kantha will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the Rehabilitation of the Atchchuvely Industrial Estate.
Sri Lankan Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of Northern Province G.A. Chandrasiri also participated in these events.
High Commissioner Kantha also visited Vavuniya Saturday to inspect the progress made in the construction of the 200-bed Ward Complex at District Hospital, Vavuniya.
High Commissioner Kantha and his wife will attend the annual feast of revered St Antony’s church at Katchatheevu on the early morning of Sunday.